The militants of the «Islamic state» mined many of the historical monuments in the city-the Ghost of Rasafa, the value of which is equivalent to the famous Palmyra, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the employee of administration of the city-Museum Abdul Vitara.
According to this source, the militants had booby-trapped the gate of the city, the citadel, the Cathedral of St. Sergius, a Basilica and ancient water tanks, walls and towers.
VITAR recalled that before the war the city was a center of pilgrimage raqqa province, which was visited by tens of thousands of believers – it is here, according to legend, was executed on a Roman soldier-Christian Sergius was revered saints in the Orthodox and Catholic churches.
The danger of the shelling of the city Museum still exists – the frontline with the Syrian army fighters there goes 25 kilometers.
Sappers begin demining the Christian shrines in Rusape in the near future.
The Ghost town of Resafa was considered one of the most interesting sights of Syria. It is located on the East of the country, near the city of raqqa, which has become in recent years the Syrian capital «IG». In ancient times the city several times changed the name. The last name of the city in the status of the inhabited – Sergiopolis («the city of St. Sergius»). This name he received because of the events associated with the death of one of the Christian saints – St. Sergius who was brutally murdered in Resafe during diocletianic Christian persecution. In the XIII century the inhabitants of Rasafi moved to the city of Hama by order of Sultan Baybars. The city of Rasafa was built of marble-like limestone, similar to pink mica, so the city walls are sparkling in the sunset. «The most significant and interesting monuments Rasafi: city gate, Cathedral, Basilica, ancient water cisterns, city walls and towers,» writes the website rutraveller.ru.